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    Minoxidil Topical

    Information about Minoxidil Topical

    Minoxidil topical uses

    Minoxidil Topical is used in the treatment of hair loss
    It is most effective in treating hereditary hair loss or thinning at the top of the scalp, not in front.

    How minoxidil topical works

    Minoxidil topical is a vasodilator, meaning it widens the blood vessels and provides better blood flow to the hair follicles. This prevents hair loss and stimulates re-growth resulting in longer, thicker and increased numbers of hair.

    Common side effects of minoxidil topical

    Headache, Skin rash, Dermatitis, Abnormal hair growth on a women face and body, Allergic reaction

    Available Medicine for Minoxidil Topical

    • ₹256 to ₹1474
      Dr Reddy's Laboratories Ltd
      8 variant(s)
    • ₹256 to ₹841
      Cipla Ltd
      4 variant(s)
    • ₹229 to ₹950
      Intas Pharmaceuticals Ltd
      7 variant(s)
    • ₹357 to ₹735
      Janssen Pharmaceuticals
      2 variant(s)
    • ₹588
      Hegde and Hegde Pharmaceutical LLP
      1 variant(s)
    • ₹287 to ₹739
      Micro Labs Ltd
      3 variant(s)
    • ₹763
      Galderma India Pvt Ltd
      1 variant(s)
    • ₹29 to ₹725
      Hegde and Hegde Pharmaceutical LLP
      2 variant(s)
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      Hegde and Hegde Pharmaceutical LLP
      1 variant(s)
    • ₹528
      Alkem Laboratories Ltd
      1 variant(s)

    Expert advice for Minoxidil Topical

    • It should only be applied directly to the scalp area. If Minoxidil Topical accidentally comes in contact with your eyes, nose or mouth, flush the area thoroughly with cool tap water.
    • Wash your hands before and after application.
    • Do not shampoo your hair for 4 hours after applying Minoxidil Topical or use hairdryer as it can reduce the effectiveness of the medicine.
    • During the first 2 weeks of application, your hair fall may increase. This is normal and is a sign that Minoxidil Topical is working.
    • Take care that Minoxidil Topical does not trickle down onto your face as it may cause undesirable facial hair growth.
    • The amount of hair regrowth is different for each person. Minoxidil Topical may not work for everyone.

    Frequently asked questions for Minoxidil Topical

    Minoxidil Topical

    Q. How long should I continue to use Minoxidil Topical?
    Using Minoxidil Topical would be a continuous process as your herditary hair loss is a life long condition. Apply it twice a day, every day or as advised by your doctor.
    Q. Can I apply Minoxidil Topical to wet hair?
    No, application of Minoxidil Topical to wet hair is not suggested. Let your hair dry completely before applying Minoxidil Topical.
    Q. How frequent can I wash my hair daily with shampoo while I am also applying Minoxidil Topical?
    You can wash your hair every day with shampoo even if you are using Minoxidil Topical. However, do not shampoo for at least four hours after applying this medicine as it would need this much time to get completely absorbed into your scalp.
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    Q. Is Minoxidil Topical effective for hair growth/regrowth?
    Yes, Minoxidil Topical is effective in hair growth/regrowth for patients with hereditary hair loss. However, each patient may respond differently to minoxidil treatment for hair growth.
    Q. Does Minoxidil Topical stimulate the growth of a beard?
    Use of Minoxidil Topical for the growth of a beard is not indicated. It is used only on the scalp for hair growth in patients with a family history of hair loss.
    Q. Does Minoxidil Topical cause acne?
    Minoxidil Topical may cause an acne-like rash in some individuals. This is an uncommon side effect associated with its use. It can also cause an itchy rash, blister, bleeding and ulceration.If you experience these side effects, stop using the medicine and inform your doctor.
    Q. Does exposure to the sun cause more thinning of my hair?
    Exposure to the sun will not cause thinning of hair, but it is advised that you should protect your scalp from the sun with a cap or some cloth.
    Q. What type of shampoo should I use?
    You should use a mild shampoo but it should be able to clean your scalp and not be hard on your hair.
    Q. Can I use hair spray or gel, when using Minoxidil Topical?
    Yes, you may use your regular hair spray or gel when using Minoxidil Topical. However, apply Minoxidil Topical first and let your hair dry before using other hair products. Try to keep a gap of 4 hours between the application of Minoxidil Topical and other hair products.
    Q. How soon can I see results while using Minoxidil Topical?
    You can see results after 4 months of continuous use. This would also depend on the proper application and dosage as advised by your doctor. If you do not see any results after 4 months, talk to your doctor.
    Q. How should I apply Minoxidil Topical ?
    Before applying Minoxidil Topical, your hair and scalp should be completely dry. Apply the amount of medicine as advised starting in the center of the area of scalp being treated and then move outside. Do not shampoo your hair for at least 4 hours after applying Minoxidil Topical. Allow it to completely dry for 2 to 4 hours after applying it even if you are going to bed as it can stain clothing and can get transferred to the other areas of your body. Do not use a hair dryer to dry the scalp after applying Minoxidil Topical. Hair drying may make the treatment less effective. Wash your hands to remove any medicine immediately after using this medicine.
    Q. How would I know that Minoxidil Topical has started to work?
    Few things that would help you know if this is working on your hair. During the first 2-3 weeks of use, there may be a temporary increase in hair fall, but this is fine as this indicates new growth cycle is beginning, and the new hairs are coming in place of older ones. However, this is temporary and will stop in next few weeks. However, results may vary from person to person. If hair loss continues after 2 weeks, stop using and inform your doctor.
    Q. What if I miss a dose of Minoxidil Topical?
    If you miss a dose of Minoxidil Topical, just continue with your next regular dose, do not double up the dose. Missing a dose would not affect your hair growth.
    Q. How would my newly grown hair look like?
    Hair growth in early weeks would be soft and fuzzy. Continued treatment will produce new hair similar to your other hair on the scalp.
    Q. What if I stop using Minoxidil Topical once my hair are regrown?
    If you stop using Minoxidil Topical, the hair loss process will start again and you may lose your newly regrown hair within 3 to 4 months. So, it is advised to use Minoxidil Topical on a continuous and regular basis.
    Q. What is the difference between Minoxidil Topical and minoxidil oral?
    Minoxidil (oral) is used for the treatment of severe hypertension (high blood pressure) not responding to other antihypertensive drugs whereas minoxidil (topical) is used in the treatment of alopecia (hair loss).
    Q. Is Minoxidil Topical effective for frontal baldness?
    Minoxidil Topical is not indicated for the treatment of frontal baldness. It is effective in hair growth for patients with hair loss on the top of the scalp not on the front of the scalp.
    Q. Can I use my hair oil while using minoxidil?
    You can use hair oil if you are using Minoxidil Topical. But do not apply it before applying Minoxidil Topical as your hair must be dry. Use hair oil four hours after applying the medicine as it takes this much time to get absorbed.
    Q. Is it safe to use topical minoxidil?
    Yes, it is safe to use topical minoxidil for the treatment of hair loss (alopecia) when used as advised by the doctor. Read the instructions on the pack carefully before use.

    Content on this page was last updated on 14 November, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)